2015 Season

Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Summer of 2015 is you opportunity to see Shakespeare’s comedy of verbal dexterity and romantic dueling in this most sparkling comedy. Directed by award winning director Joel Ferrell who captured us last year with his high flying The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost delights in the mischief of love foresworn, love withheld and love discovered. Written around the same time as Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this gushing and exuberant romantic comedy is Shakespeare’s most delightful wordfest — a joyful concoction of love, loss, and, being Shakespeare, hope.
Directed by Joel Ferrell
June 10- June 28, 2015
Hays Theatre


King Lear

The Summer of 2015 is your opportunity to see Shakespeare’s most heart wrenching story, perhaps his greatest story. King Lear is a tale of love and loss, of desolation and reconciliation. Trinity Shakespeare Festival favorite and Artistic Associate David Coffee has played Falstaff and Feste, and Polonius and Touchstone, and Caesar and Caliban. This summer he is King Lear, an aging monarch and father lost amongst hasty decisions, angry heirs and overwhelming desperation. King Lear is Shakespeare’s most towering achievement. This summer’s production will be directed by Trinity Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director T.J. Walsh who directed last year’s sumptuous The Tempest.
Directed by T.J. Walsh
June 9- June 28, 2015
Buschman Theatre


Timothy Paul Brown headshotTimothy Paul Brown

King Lear: Duke of Cornwall

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Longaville

Timothy Paul Brown is humbled to be back to Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He is currently an M.F.A. candidate for Acting at SMU (Class of 2016). Favorite theater credits: Look Homeward, Angel (W.O. Gant); Sebastian (Tempest); Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure (Ensemble); Noises Off (Selsdon); and Gangsters over Harlem (Blackie). Film/TV credits: Texas Lottery, Nike. Timothy can next be seen on stage at SMU in Macbeth (Macduff). Much LOVE to my family and fiancée – Melonie! Stay hungry for success…arggh!


Brandon Burrell headshotBrandon Burrell

King Lear: Oswald

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Costard

Brandon hails from this beautiful town of Fort Worth Texas. He lived in Los Angles for six years, during  which time he was a member of the Page 93 Theatre Company in Hollywood, playing in Hamlet, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Wayside, Three More Sleepless Nights, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, and When Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloomed.  Locally he played Ton-Ton in Once on This Island, , Ezra in Flight, and Andre in A’int Misbehavin, all at Jubilee Theatre, Chuffy in  Thank You Jeeves, , Sir Lucius in The Rivals, and the Doctor in The Unmentionables all at Stage West, Nym in The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, The Tailor in The Taming of the Shrew, The Soothsayer and Pindarus in Julius Caesar, all with Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Mardian and Perculius in Antony and Cleopatra, Sir Thomas Grey and Captain Gower in Henry V, both with Shakespeare Dallas. He’s thrilled to return to Trinity Shakes as Costard in Love’s Labour’s Lost and as Oswald in King Lear. Thanks to my awesome parents, who I literally would not be here without, to William Shakespeare, who toiled over word I will speak in these marvelous pays, to T.J. and Joel for their immense trust, and this amazing opportunity, to the entire cast, crew and audience for your presence and cooperation, and above all to my Lord Jesus Christ, who I owe my every breath. Enjoy the show. With Love. Brandon.


Jovane Caamaño headshotJovane Caamaño

King Lear: Herald

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Marcade

Jovane Caamaño is a third-year student  from Abilene, Texas, who is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre at TCU. Jovane has appeared in Theatre TCU’s productions of Guys & Dolls (Arvide), Three Sisters (Chebutykin), Spring Awakening (Herr Sonnenstich, Herr Stiefel, Father Kaulbach, Herr Gabor), Stop Kiss (Peter) and Closer Than Ever. He has previously appeared in Cedarville University’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), as well as Cooper High School’s productions of CATS (Munkustrap), Follies (Young Buddy), and Fire in the Hole (Tommy Jackson).  Jovane  plans to perform and teach theatre after graduation.


Madison Calhoun headshotMadison Calhoun

King Lear: Curan

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

This is Madison’s first season with Trinity Shakes. Madison is ​a rising fourth-year student at TCU working toward her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. While a student at TCU she has performed in Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Girl), Three Sisters (Masha), Measure for Measure (Mariana), and The Playwrights’ Stage: Hallucinations (Lauren). Regionally, she has performed as a student ensemble member in four productions at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. 


David Coffee headshotDavid Coffee

King Lear: Lear

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Holofernes

David Coffee received the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s Service Award this year for appearing in all six seasons of the festival.  Since its inception, David has played 16 roles in the 12 shows that Trinity has produced!  In a career that spans 45 years, David has experienced all areas of performance (save the Circus).  For seven years, he led Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band through concerts across the nation as well as radio and television broadcasts.  In addition, his work in Musical Theatre has been welcomed by audiences from Portland, Oregon to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (with long-time associations with Casa Mañana, the Granbury Opera House and the North Shore Music Theatre).  Honors include: named Artistic Associate with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, multiple DFW Critics’ Forum Awards, 3 Column Awards, 2 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, chosen Best Actor by the readers of FW Weekly (2010 and 2011), a Tribute Evening given by the North Shore Music Theatre (as well as having their Green Room named in his honor) and the Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. David’s ties to TCU remain strong.  He received his B.F.A. in Theatre in 1979 and his M.F.A. in Acting in 1982.  He returned as a Guest Artist in 1992 to play Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof; and appeared as Frosh in the TCU Opera Studio production of Die Fledermaus.  David is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.  For more information, please visit: www.DavidCoffee.org.


Wyn Delano headshotWyn Delano

King Lear: Doctor

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

Wyn Delano is very excited to return for his third season with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He recently graduated from TCU with a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. His roles at TCU have included Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Edward Seton in Holiday, Gloss in The Beaux’ Stratagem, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz in Seussical, the Musical, Man #4 in Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever and Dr. Yves Desaint in Born on a Sunday – an original play by Trinity Artistic Director T.J Walsh. He has also appeared in several readings on campus including The Father (Captain), Stained Glass (Mr. Page), and The Playwright’s Stage (Maxwell / Happy Birthday Boris). Wyn is originally from Los Angeles, California, where he has had the opportunity to perform at several large venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre as well as smaller local theaters such as the Morgan-Wixson in Santa Monica. Wyn is immensely grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank everyone who has made it possible for him to pursue this incredible profession.


Chamblee Ferguson headshotChamblee Ferguson

King Lear: Gloucester

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Boyet

Chamblee Ferguson has been a Dallas-based professional actor for over twenty five years. He is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center where he has most recently portrayed Arnolphe in School For Wives and Ebenezer Scrooge, Riff-Raff, and Sherlock Holmes. Other area theaters include Stage West, Casa Mañana, Circle Theater, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children‘s Theater, Water Tower Theater, Shakespeare Dallas and the old Ft.Worth Shakespeare in the Park. His film and television credits include, among others, Revolution, Parkland, Friday Night Lights, Prison Break, A Scanner Darkly, The Chase, and Walker Texas Ranger. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.  Chamblee has been recognized by the Dallas/Ft.Worth Theater Critics Awards and received his M.F.A. from SMU. He is the proud father of two college graduates and…a one year-old baby boy!


Dylan Glaser headshotDylan Glaser

King Lear: Gentleman

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Forester

Dylan Glaser recently graduated from TCU with a B.F.A. in Theatre and an emphasis in Acting. He appeared in their productions of Tigers Be Still (Zach), Spreading the News (Jack Smith), Three Sisters (Tuzenbach), Holiday (Seton Cram), Measure for Measure (Pompey) and Volleygirls (Ben). He plans to move to L.A. after graduation to pursue a career in performance.


Bradley Gosnell headshotBradley Gosnell

King Lear: Edgar

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Dumain

Bradley Gosnell returns for his fourth season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival after appearing in The Tempest (Ferdinand), The Comedy of Errors (Policeman), The Taming of the Shrew (Biondello), Julius Caesar (Dardanius), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Fenton) and The Merchant of Venice (Solanio).  Locally, he appeared in Dallas Shakespeare’s reading of Coriolanus (Aufidius). He recently graduated from TCU with his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting.


Blake Hackler headshotBlake Hackler

King Lear: Fool

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Don Adriano De Armando

Blake Hackler has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country as well as in TV and film.  In Dallas, Blake has appeared with the Dallas Theatre Center, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Second Thought Theatre and the Undermain Theatre. Blake has held faculty positions at Yale University, Roosevelt University, AMDA, and is currently on the faculty of SMU and Yale University. He is a member of the esteemed BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is the recipient of the Harrington Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing as well as a Dramatist Guild Intensive grant. He is a company member of the Undermain Theatre and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 2015.  Education: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama.


Richard Haratine headshotRichard Haratine

King Lear: Kent

Love’s Labour’s Lost: King of Navarre

Richard Haratine couldn’t be more excited for his 6th season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival!  He has a B.F.A in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and an M.F.A. in Classical Acting from the University of Delaware. Some of his favorite roles have been Jack Worthing in the Importance of Being Earnest and Henry VI in Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy. He has performed and taught with the National Shakespeare Company (NYC), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons (NYC), The Beckett Theatre (NYC), and off-off Broadway not to mention over a hundred theatres while touring across the country performing Shakespeare. He wants to thank TJ and Joel for inviting him to be a part of this season! “It’s a privilege to be here! I’d like to dedicate this work, as always, to my patient and kind wife Megan. Thanks for eleven wonderful years of marriage!”


Leroy Hood headshotLeroy Hood

King Lear: Servant to Cornwall

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

Leroy Hood is a third-year student from Corpus Christi, Texas, who is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting at TCU. He has appeared in Theatre TCU’s productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs (Jack), Three Sisters (Andrei), Measure for Measure (Provost) and the 2013 Playwright’s Stage (Hallucinations – Will). He has also appeared in Corpus Christi Harbor Playhouse’s productions of 12 Angry Men (Juror 3) and Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), as well as Cole Park Amphitheatre’s production of Everyone  (Death, Despair). After graduation, he plans to continue performing and writing for the theatre.


Chris Hury headshotChris Hury

King Lear: Duke of Albany

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Sir Nathaniel

Chris is pleased to be returning for his second season at Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He was most recently seen as Dr. Jim Bayliss in Water Tower Theater’s production of All My Sons. He was also seen earlier this year at the Dallas Theater Center in their repertory productions of Medea and The School for Wives. Other favorite DFW roles include Jeff Skilling in Enron at Theater Three, Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth in Macbeth at Shakespeare Dallas, Thomas in Venus in Fur at Circle Theater, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at Stage West and Alan Raleigh in God of Carnage at the Dallas Theater Center. Chris has been seen on television in such programs as Revolution, Chase and The Good Guys. He is a former member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York City and is represented locally by the Mary Collins Agency.


Sydney Kirkegaard headshotSydney Kirkegaard

King Lear: Lady to Regan

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Jaquenetta

Sydney Kirkegaard just finished her second-year at TCU where she is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She has appeared in their productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs (Kate), Anton in Show Business (Casey), Stop, Kiss (Callie) and Sez She. She worked on Theatre TCU’s production of Spring Awakening as an assistant choreographer. While a student at Franklin High School, she appeared in Skylight Music Theatre’s productions of Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn), White Christmas (Susan Waverly), and The Sound of Music (Lead Postulant). She also appeared in Fireside Theatre’s production of A Fireside Christmas (Host), and three productions of A Christmas Carol for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Sydney plans to pursue a performing career in New York after graduation.


Lydia Mackay headshotLydia Mackay

King Lear: Goneril

Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Princess of France

Lydia Mackay is overjoyed to join the Trinity family once again. She served as the Voice & Text coach for the Festival in its inaugural year, and has since performed in the 2012 and 2014 seasons. She received her B.F.A. with an emphasis in acting from Texas Wesleyan University, and holds an M.F.A. in Acting from SMU. In pursuit of continuing education, last summer she became a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, RYT 200. Lydia has been seen on stage at theatres all across DFW, most recently at The Dallas Theater Center. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Performance here at TCU, and has taught a variety of classes over the years for SMU, Casa Mañana, Theatre Arlington, The Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Stage West, and Pfamily Arts. In 2013, the Live Theatre League honored her with the “Theatre Arts Educator of the Year” award. In addition to her careers as a stage actress and teacher, Lydia is also a Voice Actress, voicing characters for a wide variety of Anime series, radio and TV commercials, and video games. She regularly serves as a theatre artist and theatrical consultant for the Dallas Museum of Art, is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, is represented by the Mary Collins Agency of Dallas, and was recently the Dialect Coach for the Dallas Opera’s new Opera, Everest. Lydia is also the co-founder/producer of The Drama Club, a small non-profit theatre company based in Dallas, and will be performing in their upcoming adaptation of Faust this fall, so check out thedramaclub.org for more information. You can also see her onstage at The Dallas Theater Center later this year in A Christmas Carol. To TJ and Joel, “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” – Shakespeare


Delaney Milbourn headshotDelaney Milbourn

King Lear: Cordelia

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Maria

Delaney Milbourn recently graduated from TCU with a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. She appeared in Theatre TCU’s productions of Tigers Be Still (Grace), Riders to the Sea (Maurya), Three Sisters (Natasha), Holiday (Linda), No, No Nanette (Pauline) Born on a Sunday (Frida) and Volleygirls (Crash). Locally, she has appeared Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Tempest (Iris), The Comedy of Errors (Luce), The Taming of the Shrew (Widow, Sugarsop), Julius Caesar (Ensemble), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Robin) and The Merchant of Venice (Maid).


Kelsey Milbourn headshotKelsey Milbourn

King Lear: Tenant

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Rosaline


Kelsey Milbourn is a native from Overland Park, KS an alumna of CYTKC and a graduate of TCU with her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and Modern Dance. Some of her recent credits include Time Stands Still- Amphibian Stage Productions (Mandy), Fellowship the Musical – Circle Theatre (Legolas/Arwen), CATS-Casa Mañana(Cassandra), The Rivals-Stage West(Julia), Lives On the Edge-DanSpiek NYC(Charlotte). Kelsey is going on her 5th year with TSF having been with the company since its premiere year.


Kendra Oates headshotKendra Oates

King Lear: Servant to Cornwall

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

Kendra Oates recently finished her second-year at TCU where she is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She has appeared in their productions of Guys & Dolls (Esther James), Three Sisters (Irina) and Measure for Measure (Isabella). Locally, she appeared in Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Tempest (Nymph) and The Comedy of Errors (Fortune Teller). After graduation, Kendra plans to continue to perform on stage and film.


Jacob Oderberg headshotJacob Oderberg

King Lear: Man to Cornwall

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

Jacob Oderberg is a first-year student at TCU from Arlington, Texas, who is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. This is Jacob’s first year with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. At Theatre TCU, Jacob has appeared in Guys and Dolls (Bronco) and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Stanley). While a student at Martin High School, he appeared in their productions of Children of a Lesser God (James), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Stanley), August: Osage County (Little Charles), Into the Woods (Wolf), and Holy Ghosts (Coleman) just to name a few. Jacob plans to continue performing in Chicago after graduation.


Sarah Rutan headshotSarah Rutan

King Lear: Regan

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Katharine

Sarah Rutan is very excited to be working this summer with the fantastic Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Sarah spent seven seasons as a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work at OSF included: Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, The Diary of Anne Frank, Coriolanus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and many others. Other regional theaters include: Dallas Theater Center (The Boook Club Play), Milwaukee Rep (Pride and Prejudice), Bend Shakespeare in the Park (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Pasadena Playhouse (Footnote to the Iliad) She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. from SMU.


Mackenzie Schulien headshotMackenzie Schulien

King Lear: Lady to Goneril

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Attendant

Mackenzie Schullen is ecstatic to be joining the cast of Trinity Shakespeare for this summer’s festival. Mackenzie is a third-year student at TCU and has appeared in several Theatre TCU shows including General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls, Olga in Three Sisters and Fräulein Knuppeldick in Spring Awakening. Mackenzie will be graduating with her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre in the spring of 2016.


Mitchell Stephens headshotMitchell Stephens

King Lear: Duke of Burgundy

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Moth

Mitchell Stephens is a recent graduate of TCU. At TCU, he performed in seven productions including: The House of Blue Leaves, Measure for Measure, Assassins, and Holiday. This is his fourth year at Trinity Shakespeare Festival and is very excited to return to this talented company filled with talented cast and crew members.


Garret Storms headshotGarret Storms

King Lear: King of France

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Dull

Garret Storms is very excited to be making his debut with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He was most recently seen as Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence at Stage West. Other credits include The Rivals (Jack Absolute), 4000 Miles (Leo Joseph-Connell), Gabriel (Gabriel), What the Butler Saw (Nicholas Beckett), New Jerusalem (Baruch de Spinoza) at Stage West; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Huckleberry Finn), The Santaland Diaries (David/Crumpet the Elf) at Watertower Theatre; Hands on a Hardbody (Greg Wilhote) at Theatre Three; Hunting and Gathering (Astor); Tartuffe (Valere) at Shakespeare Dallas; In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Leo Irving), Speech and Debate (Howie), Panto Cinderella (Dandini) at Stages Repertory Theatre; Troilus and Cressida (Agamemnon/Thersites) at RADA, among others. Directing credits include International Falls and Orlando at Stage West, and later this summer he will be directing the regional premiere of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.


Montgomery Sutton headshotMontgomery Sutton

King Lear: Edmund

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Berowne

NYC: Stage Left, Bloody Shakespeare, American Bard, Metropolitan Playhouse, Gallery Players, EBE Ensemble, FringeNYC. DFW: world premieres of Booth (Second Thought Theatre), Tomorrow Come Today (Undermain Theatre), On the Eve (Theatre Three), and with Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas. DFW Critics Forum Award (Gruesome Playground Injuries, Second Thought Theatre); NYIT Award nominee (King Lear, American Bard). Film: Trouble with Women (Rising Star Award, CIFF, 2014), Brute, Day 90, Animals. Upcoming: 2015 International Actor’s Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe. B.F.A., NYU (Atlantic Theater Company). www.montgomerysutton.com

Toby Jaguar Algya headshotToby Jaguar Algya

Sound Designer, King Lear & Love’s Labour’s Lost

Toby Jaguar Algya is a composer sound designer, with a Master’s Degree in sound design for theatre from UC San Diego. Recent NYC productions include: Natural Affection, Lost In Yonkers (TACT); Awake and Sing (NAATCO); Philip Goes Forth (The Mint Theatre); Ringmaster (Frigid New York); Human Variations (Blue Print Theatre); Tender Napalm, Whida Peru/Mosaic (59E59); Pratfalls (Abington Theatre); Where’s My Money (Cherry Lane); The Invested (4th Street Theatre); Rosmersholm (The Pearl); Fantasy Football: The Musical?, Moisty the Snowman (NYMF); Hamlet (The Gallery Players).  Regional: Grounded (City Theatre); Abundance (Hartford Stage); Big River/Will Rogers Follies/The King and I/Tarzan (Lyric Theatre OKC); Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth (Trinity Shakespeare); Barcelona, Fallow (People’s Light); Oblomov (WHAT); Las Meninas (Asolo Rep); The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse). | http://lejaguar.com


Leigh’Ann Andrews headshotLeigh’Ann Andrews

Production Stage Manager

Leigh’Ann Andrews is excited to be returning to Fort Worth and the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for her second, very non-consecutive, season! Previous TSF credits include Macbeth and As You Like It. Favorite previous stage management credits at other theatres include: TheatreWorksUSA, New Dramatists, Creede Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Mañana (20+ productions). Leigh’Ann holds an M.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Iowa and a B.F.A. in Theatre Production and Design from Texas Christian University. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and always thanks Jordan for her encouragement and support!


Brian Clinnin headshotBrian Clinnin

Scenic Designer, King Lear

Prior to his move to Texas, Brian worked at Chicago Scenic Studios as a job lead, creating scenery for projects such as: ABC-7 Chicago State Street Studio Set; CBS Sports Set, New York, NY; “Late Night With Conan O’Brien in Chicago”; “ The Oprah Winfrey Show”; The Chicago Field Museum; The Adler Planetarium; and Chicago Shakespeare.  He was raised in Chicago and studied at the University of Illinois, The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Kansas from which he holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Scenography with Honors.  Brian presently teaches theatre design at TCU, focusing on most areas of design, rendering, and scene painting.  In past summers, while working on the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, he has garnered 3 DFW Critics Forum Awards for Outstanding Creative Contributions for his work on Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, & Julius Caesar.  Brian is a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and United Scenic Artists- category Scene Design.


Lloyd Cracknell headshotLloyd Cracknell

Costume Designer, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Lloyd Cracknell is Assistant Professor of Costume Design at The University of Oklahoma and comes from Cambridge, England. His design credits include: OU University Theatre: La Cage Aux Follies; La finta Guardiniera; Hayden’s The Seasons and The Play of Daniels (OFB ’14); Coram Boy; L’Elisir d’Amore; Harmonic Inspirations (OFB ‘13); On the Town; Falstaff; Cinderella (OFB ‘12); Seussical; Mary Stuart; The Coronation of Poppea; The Odyssey; Is He Dead?; Contemporary Dance Oklahoma ‘10; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Divertimento No. 15 (OFB ‘09); Pas de Deux, The Firebird (OFB ‘08.)  Mr. Cracknell’s regional design credits include: Theatre TCU, Guys & Dolls,Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Fort Worth, TX: A Comedy of Errors, Sooner Theatre: The Full Monty. Reduxion Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; Richard III. OKC City Rep: Biloxi Blues. St. Gregory’s University: Hedda Gabler; Leonardo and the Flying Machine. Waco Civic Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Man of La Mancha; You Can’t Take it With You. Waco Children’s Theatre: Beauty and the Beast; Oliver; and Grease. In conjunction with World Literature Today 2011, Mary Stuart by Dacia Maraini, also as an invited production at the Festival Delle Due Rocche 2011 in Arezzo, Italy.  In 2010, Mr. Cracknell was awarded the KCACTF Region VI National Partners of American Theatre Scholarship, for best design in all categories of theatrical design, for his costume design for Is He Dead? and the Barbizon Award for theatrical design excellence in costume design for Is He Dead? and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also earned the coveted Design Excellence Award, the highest award in all design categories at KCACTF Nationals  20101 in Washington, DC.  Mr. Cracknell has had an extensive career in fashion, designing in New York, Milan and London for internationally-known fashion houses such as David and Elizabeth Emanuel and Versace.


Aaron Patrick DeClerk headshotAaron Patrick DeClerk

Costume Designer, King Lear

Aaron holds an M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a B.F.A. from Northeastern State University and Associates in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.  He is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology with American Public University. He has designed over 100 productions and garnered critical praise and numerous awards for his work. He was named Best Costume Designer in the Dallas Observers’100 Most Influential People of Dallas 2010.  Highlights include: Julius Caesar [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Taming of the Shrew [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Merchant of Venice, MacBeth [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], Twelfth Night [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Trinity Shakespeare Festival) Dial “M” for Murder (The Barn Playhouse), A Critical Case of Murder [Column Award 2007], Full Moon Murders [Column Nomination 2008], Death Express, Death Is No Small Change (Pegasus Theatre), House at Pooh Corner (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Misanthrope [Make-up Design](Dallas Theatre Center),  Crucifer of Blood [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Theater Three), No Child, The First Day of School, Icarus (Amphibian Stage Productions),  Right Ho, Jeeves [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Last Night of Ballyhoo [Column Nomination 2006], The Oldest Living Graduate (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas),  The Miser, The 39 Steps, Major Barbara (Stage West),  Little Shop of Horrors [Column Award 2011],  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Column Nomination 2008], Grey Gardens [Column Nomination 2009] (Water Tower Theatre). The Boxer [Column Nomination 2007, Official Entry International NYC Fringe Festival 2009](Bootstraps Comedy Theatre), The Never Ending Story [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], Sleeping Beauty [Leon Rabin Award] (Dallas Children’s Theatre), Every Trick in the Book [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Classical Acting Company), Real Estate (Santa Fe Playhouse), My Fair Lady, Next to Normal, August: Osage County, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Zombie Prom (City Rep), O’Keefe ([Regional Tour] Flower and Bone Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Tulsa Repertory Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Delaware Playhouse), South Pacific (Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival).


Joel Ferrell headshotJoel Ferrell

Director, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Mr. Ferrell is the Associate Artistic Director of The Dallas Theater Center where his duties include directing and producing.  Directing Credits for DTC include: Clybourne Park Reasons to be Pretty, Dividing the Estate, Cabaret, God of Carnage, Red, Driving Miss Daisy,  The Rocky Horror Show, and seven seasons of Richard Helleson’s adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Mr. Ferrell is the former Artistic Director of Casa Manana Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas where he directed over 30 productions. Other Directing credits in DFW include; Comedy of Errors for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Gruesome Playground Injuries for Second  Thought Theater, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Baltimore Waltz, and Alfred Stieglitz Loves O’Keefe For Stage West.  Mr. Ferrell has worked nationally for Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Ford’s Theater and North Shore Music Theater, among others.


Aaron Johansen headshotAaron Johansen

Lighting Designer, Love’s Labour’s Lost




Bob Lavallee headshotBob Lavallee

Scenic Designer, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Dallas Theater Center; The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Cabaret, Second City Does Dallas, Red, Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park and A Christmas Carol (2005-2012)Casa Manana; Steel Magnolias, Charlotte’s Web, Stinky Cheese Man, Oliver, Amphibian Stage; Three Days of Rain, Fiction, Death Tax, Hunting and Gathering and Bank Job, Time Stands Still, Zack Theatre Austin, TX; A Christmas Carol. Fort Worth Opera; Three Decembers. Shakespeare Dallas; Macbeth.  Resident Designer UNT School of Opera presently and for the last four years. Television Production Designer; fourteen years PBS’ Barney and Friends; Production Designer; 50 hour long Home Videos for Hit Entertainment. Senior Designer; three years Peter Wolfs Dallas, Texas. Resident Designer five and half years Casa Mañana Theater; designing over 70 productions., Feature Film Production Design; Searching for Sony, Barney’s Night Before Christmas the Movie and The Land of Make Believe. Three time Artist in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.


Katie Melton headshotKatie Melton

Assistant Director, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Katie Melton recently graduated from TCU with her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Studies. While a student at TCU she worked on: Tigers Be Still (Director), Anton in Show Business (Costume Design), Three Sisters (Hair & Make-up Designer) and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds  (Make-up Designer). She has also appeared on stage for Theatre TCU in The American Dream (Grandma), Assassins (Emma Goldman and Others), and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Coach Lady). Locally, she has worked for Trinity Shakespeare Festival on Tempest (Assistant Director) and for Circle Theatre as a Production Assistant for Stella  and Lou, Miracle on South Division Street, The Whipping Man and Mistakes Were Made. Katie will be attending graduate school in the fall at the acclaimed Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London.


Michael Skinner headshotMichael Skinner 

Light Design, King Lear

Production Manager

Michael Skinner is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Resident Lighting Designer at for the TCU Theatre Department. He received his B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas State University (now WTAMU) and his M.F.A. in Lighting Design and Production from the University of Oklahoma. He has designed the lighting and or scenery for over 150 productions of theatre, opera, and dance in various venues.

Michael has had the pleasure of designing in Italy, Germany, and Russia, including the Russian premiere of the American musical The Fantasticks at Theatre Koleso in Togliatti, Russia. Michael has designed for Contemporary Ballet Dallas,  the William Inge Theatre Festival, as well as Amphibian Productions. He has also designed scenery for A Lesson Before Dying, Black Pearl Sings, and Travlin’, and scenery and lighting for Permanent Collection,The Bluest Eye, and From the Mississippi Delta at Jubilee Theater.  He has designed lighting for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew; which earned four DFW Critics’ Forum Awards for creative contribution. Michael’s work outside the theatre also includes corporate event design, production, and consultation with companies such as Ignition! Creative Group, and ZOOM.7, Inc., working on such projects as the Kawasaki Motors New Product Showcase and Mary Kay Inc, Seminar.

Michael is a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians.


T.J. Walsh headshotT.J. Walsh

Director, King Lear

Artistic Director

T.J. Walsh is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.  His production last summer of The Taming of the Shrew was selected as the top production for 2013 on several top ten lists and set box office records for the festival.  For Trinity he has also directed Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Other favorite professional productions are Metamorphoses at Theatre Three in Dallas, The Retreat from Moscow at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth and directing and performing in his sole play Pleading Infinity at the New York International Fringe Festival. He is a Professor of Theatre at Texas Christian University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Oscar Brockett.  He is the  recipient of three Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum awards for Outstanding Direction.

Luke Atkison

Master Electrician

Luke Atkison just finished his third year at Theatre TCU where is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design. He has designed the lights for Theatre TCU’s productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs,  Anton in Show Business , Happy Birthday, Boris and Sez She and served as the Master Electrician for several shows including Guys & Dolls. He has also appeared on stage for Theatre TCU in Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), No, No Nanette (Ensemble) and Assassins (Ford/Others).  In the Kansas City metropolitan area, he has worked for Truman Theatre (Picnic – Lighting Designer, Annie – Choreographer), Stage Right Performing Arts (Les Miserables – Lighting Designer, Seussical, Jr. – Lighting Designer), and Bell Road Barn Players’ production of Perfect Wedding. He plans to eventually attend graduate school for arts management and open his own theatre company in the Midwest.


Jeremy M. Bernardoni


Jeremy M. Bernardoni is on the faculty and the resident Costume Designer for the University of Arizona School of Dance.  Jeremy has designed and draped professionally for Dance, Theater, Music Theater and the fashion industry across the U.S. and in France.  A former U.S. Naval officer, he received his B.A. in French and M.F.A. in Costume Design at the University of Oklahoma.  He also received a Specialization in Draping, Pattern-making and Fashion Design from the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture in Paris, France and worked as a draper for the Haute Couture Atelier of Frank Sorbier in Paris. Jeremy is a former professional ballet dancer, who performed and toured with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, L’ Opéra Municipale de Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlos.


Candace Carlisle

Box Office Supervisor

Candace Carlisle is returning for her seventh season with Trinity Shakes as the Box Office Supervisor. A fibre artist, her work is primarily seen adorning her friends and family while occasionally making an appearance on stage in the form of war banners (Macbeth, Julius Caesar – TSF) and a tent (Julius Caesar – TSF). Candace completes her B.A. in Art History & Anthropology from TCU in August to add to her B.S. in Mathematics & History from Murray State University (Kentucky). This fall she enters the M.A. program in Art History at TCU to continue her studies in Pre-Columbian art with professional aspirations in cultural resource management, protection and art crime.


Jeff Colangelo

Fight Director




Jordan Crites

Properties Master

Jordan Crites is a third-year student and a second-year Trinity Shakespeare participant from Little Rock, Arkansas, who is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. This is Jordan’s first time as props master, but has worked with props for three shows at Theatre TCU. Jordan has also appeared four times on stage at Theatre TCU, after appearing in Guys and Dolls, We Need A Little Christmas, The Last Ten Years and Spring Awakening (Reinhold). While a student at Pulaski Academy, he appeared in their productions of Little Women (Laurie), The Wizard of Oz (Tinman), and Footloose (Ren). Jordan plans to work professionally as an actor after graduation.​


Lindsay Cowdin

Festival Manager

Lindsay Cowdin is a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. She has a background in accounting and office management that spans almost 20 years in the fields of construction, urban redevelopment, and education. She joined the Theatre TCU staff as an Administrative Assistant in fall of 2005. Lindsay enjoys being surrounded by creativity in motion and is grateful to have found a home in theatre where she can put her problem-solving and accounting skills to good use and also wear black every day. Lindsay has served as the Festival Manager for the annual Trinity Shakespeare Festival since its inception in 2009.

As a poet, Lindsay has presented her work in Fort Worth with Sawgrass & Friends, been published in several local publications, and read as a featured poet at the monthly poetry program at Barnes & Noble and the Benbrook Public Library. She received the Chair’s Award for Poetry at the Undergraduate Creativity Festival at TCU in 2008, the Nancy P. Evans Memorial Award for Texas Writing in 2014, and a Live Theatre League award for her work with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in 2012. Lindsay is currently working on a BA in Writing at TCU and will serve as Editor-in-Chief for eleven40seven TCU Journal of the Arts in fall 2015. She looks forward to writing wildly hilarious memoirs and publishing her poetry. Her husband, Tim Cowdin, is a digital designer and the drummer for Fort Worth’s resident ska/rock band, Sally Majestic. They both enjoy their free time at home with their two children and a really fat orange cat.


Tristan Decker

Technical Director

Tristan Decker has been a local designer for the past sixteen years. He was the resident Set and Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the University of Dallas’ Drama Department. Locally, he has designed for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Theatre TCU, Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog, Theater Three, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Undermain Theatre, Theater Fusion, Contemporary Theater of Dallas, the Dallas Theater Center and many others. Nationally, he has designed for Oklahoma City Rep, River City Repertory (Shreveport, LA), Disney, and Ringling Brothers. He has an MA in Drama from Texas Women’s University and has been published in the Texas Theater Journal. This Fort Worth resident is a four-time recipient of the DFW Theater Critics Forum Award.


Kaitlyn Donovan

Paint Charge

Kaitlyn Donovan is returning for her second season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. She previously was the scenic artist for The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar. A graduate of TCU with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Production, she worked as a departmental Scenic Artist assisting with all their shows since her first year. She currently works for Casa Mañana and Stage West as their scenic artist. Her most recent production credits include: Always Patsy Cline and Peter Pan for Casa Mañana and The Unmentionables and Orlando for Stage West.


Christina Draper

First Hand

Crhistina Draper in a costume technician with a degree in Theatre – Costume Technology emphasis from The University of Oklahoma (May 2013). She enjoys jumping into challenging projects and has been involved in costuming over 50 shows, both academically and professionally. Christina’s professional belief is making sure every costume piece is constructed to its highest potential, whether it be for a beggar or royalty.


Bill Eickenloff

Sound Engineer

Bill Eickenloff is excited to be working again for Trinity Shakes. He was the resident Sound Designer for Lyric Stage in Irving, TX for the past five years, and has worked for numerous theatres across the U.S.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.


Valerie Hauss-Smith

Voice & Text Director

Valerie Hauss-Smith is glad to be returning for her third year with Trinity Shakespeare! She is a native of France, where she was a founding member of Le Theatre de la ChimèreShe has performed on professional stages on both sides of the Atlantic, and her American acting credits include Molière, Ibsen, and Chekhov.  Her directing career spans the past ten years, and she has focused on challenging pieces from Williams to Shakespeare.  This summer, she will be returning for her ninth year as a director for Junior Players’ and Shakespeare Dallas’ summer co-production of A Comedy of Errors.  Valerie obtained her BFA in France and her Masters in America, and is now an adjunct drama professor at UNT and North Lake College.  Her additional training includes Shakespeare text, Meisner technique, stage fight, clowning, masks, and street performance.  Valerie is also a teaching artist with Junior Players and Shakespeare Dallas, and a founder of VOXeffect with her dear friends Emily Scott Banks and Matthew Tomlanovich.


Alisan Heath





Corinne Hodges

Costume Studio Manager

Corinne Hodges just completed her final year of graduate school in the Costume Production Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her Bachelors (B.F.A. in Theatre with a double emphasis in Design and Technology) from Texas Christian University in 2011 and since then has worked at Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Bühnen der Stadt Köln (Stages of the City Cologne) in Cologne, Germany, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Rachel Mairena

First Hand


Harry Parker

Managing Director

Harry Parker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at TCU.  He has directed more than eighty professional and university plays and musicals, including productions at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City), and Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City).  In Fort Worth, his professional directing credits include Permanent Collection for Jubilee Theatre, A Nervous Smile for Amphibian Stage Productions, and Ellis Island: The Dream of America for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Hall.  He has also directed 11 shows at Circle Theatre, where his credits include Over the Tavern, Bus Stop and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as this season’s The Whipping Man and Mistakes Were Made.   Later this summer, he will direct Company for Jubilee Theatre.  At TCU, he has directed Oklahoma!, You Can’t Take It With You, and  Little Women among others. Originally from Oklahoma City, Harry received his BFA from TCU, and an MA and PhD from the University of Kansas.  He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence, and he is the former National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  He is an associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


Barbara Proska

Wardrobe Mistress

Barbara Proska has been designer for over 30 years. Currently she is the resident Costume Designer for Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth. As a stitcher she has worked in the costume shops of Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, the Fort Worth Opera and the Texas Ballet Theatre .  She is a member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 803. This gives her the opportunity to work on many of the Broadway road shows that come through the Metroplex and partake in the backstage  shenanigans you don’t see from the house!  Most recently she worked in the wardrobe department of the Conan O’Brian show when it filmed in Dallas. This is her second year to work Trinity Shakespeare Festival and is very happy to be back.


Sheryl Meyers



Alan Shorter

Music Director

Alan Shorter is a member of the performance faculty in the Department of Theatre at TCU. His music direction credits for TCU includes Guys & Dolls, The Fantasticks (co-produced with Circle Theatre), Oklahoma!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, Seussical, We Need a Little Christmas, and Little Women: The Musical. Locally he has served as music director/conductor for Lyric Stage’s production of Hello, Dolly! in Dallas and as their associate music director for Carousel. (Both productions received the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards for Best Ensemble.)  A partial list of Alan’s other music direction credits includes five national tours, productions at Theatre Three, Stage West, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Cricket Theatre, The Ordway, and Hey City Stage, as well as two Tony-Award-winning theatres: Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis (where he was both Artistic Associate and Composer-in-Residence). He has provided music direction for over 100 professional and academic productions.

As a composer, Alan has written more than a dozen original scores for the theatre, including Much Ado About Nothing, Anatomy of Gray, Spinning into Butter, Hamlet, Dracula, The Hobbit, The Voice of the Prairie, The Troubles: Children of Belfast, Strega Nona, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (produced in Russian at the Central Children’s Theatre of Moscow), and songs for Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of  The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  His choral and instrumental work has been produced across the country at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and Carnegie Hall.

A winner of TCU’s 2011 Deans’ Research and Creativity Award, Alan attended Moorhead State University, received his B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University, Bloomington, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University.


Katrina Thompson

Assistant Production Stage Manager

Katrina Thompson recently graduated from TCU with her B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Arts Administration. While a student there she worked on their productions of Tigers Be Still (Stage Manager), Happy Birthday, Boris (Stage Manager), We Need A Little Christmas (Assistant Stage Manager), No, No Nanette (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Assistant Stage Manager). Locally, she has been a stage management intern for Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions for the past two summers. She has been a production assistant and stage management intern at Dallas Theatre Center, as well as worked with Uptown Players last summer. After graduation, she plans to move to Austin.


John Will Turbyne

Scenic Studio Manager



Caitlin Yost


Caitlin Yost is delighted to be returning to Trinity Shakespeare Festival this summer.  She has worked as a Wardrobe Assistant for Music Theatre of Wichita, a Costume Technician for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and as a Designer, Cutter/Draper, First Hand and Stitcher for University Theatre at the University of Oklahoma.  Caitlin received her BFA in Costume Technology from OU and is pursuing her MFA in Costume Technology from Penn State University.


Philip Zielke

Staff Carpenter

Philip Zielke works as the Scenic Studio Supervisor for Texas Christian University.  Originally from Fort Worth, Philip graduated from Arlington Heights High School and from TCU with his BFA in Lighting Design in 2006.  He has been a member of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival artistic staff since its inception; he was the Scenic Studio Supervisor in their inaugural 2009 season, and he has served as the Festival’s Technical Director since 2010.  He has also previously worked locally as the Technical Director for Kids Who Care and Amphibian Stage Productions, and as a carpenter for Stage West and Kids Who Care.  During his years as a TCU student, Philip was the Master Electrician for over a dozen Theatre TCU productions.  He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Fort Worth and enjoy spending their free time with their chocolate Lab, Kona.

Alex Adkins

Sound Design

Alex Adkins recently finished his second year at TCU where he is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design. His production credits at TCU include: Guys & Dolls (Assistant to the Sound Designer), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Sound Designer), An Evening with Susan Egan (Assistant to the Sound Designer), Three Sisters (Electrics), and Holiday (Set Build). He has worked in the Scenic Shop at Theatre TCU for the past two years. Locally, he has worked for Casa Manana (Jekyll & Hyde – set load out; How I Became a Pirate – set build; CATS – set load –out) and Trinity Shakespeare Festival as their sound board operator for The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in sound design in New York City.


Chase Ainsworth


Chase Ainsworth will be entering his third year at TCU this fall where he is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. He has appeared in their productions of Guys & Dolls (Julian “Big Jule” Bulder), Three Sisters (Kulygin) and Holiday (Henry). While at Shawnee Mission East High School, he apepare din their productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Bye, Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Theseus). Chase plans to continue performing after graduation.


Melia Beschta

Assistant Stage Manager

Melia Beschta is thrilled to be returning to Trinity for her second season! She is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Theatre: Design and Production. Among her favorite productions at Theatre UNI are Avenue Q (2015), The American Way of Eating (2013), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012). Melia looks forward to another excellent season and thanks her mentors and her sisters!


Bailey Betik

Company Manager

Bailey Betik is a graduated TCU senior from Ennis, TX, with a Bachelors in English, anthropology, and arts administration. Active in the DFW arts community for her entire collegiate career, this is her third year with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. After Trinity she will spend a year teaching English and theatre in India as a Fulbright Scholar before pursuing her doctorate in English and education.


Victoria Diaz-Escobar

Assistant Stage Manager

Victoria has been doing theatre since high school in San Antonio, Texas. Victoria is going into her sophomore year at TCU pursuing a degree in B.F.A. Theatre with an emphasis in Production. Previously she has worked on Anton in Show Business ​ and Guys and Dolls as an assistant stage manager. After graduation she hopes to work on a cruise ship and then move to New York City to stage manage and become a director.


Courtney Finck




Christine Gale





Carroll Herring


Carroll Herring recently finished her first year at TCU where she is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. She appeared on stage for Theatre TCU’s production of Anton in Show Business (Ralph, Wikewitch). As a student at Memorial Senior High School, Carroll appeared in their production of Radium Girls (Grace Fryer) and Taming of the Shrew (Grumio). She also appeared in Hits Theatre’s production of Dancing at the Lughnasa (Chris Mundy) and Stagedoor Manor’s production of The Children’s Hour (Martha Dobie). Carroll plans to work as an actor and director in live theatre after graduation.


Logan Lane

Assistant Box Office Manager

Logan Lane recently completed his first year at TCU where he is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. He as appeared on stage in their productions of Guys & Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) and  We Need A Little Christmas. While a student at Foley High School, he performed in their production of Grease (Doody) and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour Krelborn) as well as Foley Star Player’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan).  After graduation, Logan plans to pursue a career in musical theatre.


Nathan Laska


Nathan Laskarecently finished his second year at TCU where he is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Production. He has served as the sound designer for Theatre TCU’s productions of Tigers Be Still  and Anton in Show Business. His previous production assignments for Theatre TCU include Happy Birthday, Boris (Properties Crew Head). At the ITS National Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, he worked on Peter Pan (Flying Effects Operator). After graduation, Nathan plans to attend graduate school.


Virginia LeChance


Virginia LeChance recently finished her first year at TCU where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design. She has assisted with Theatre TCU’s productions of Guys & Dolls (Assistant Lighting Designer), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Master Electrician), We Need A Little Christmas (Assistant Lighting Designer), and Three Sisters (Master Electrician). After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a lighting designer for touring shows.


David Lewis





Brittny Mahan

Assistant Costume Designer, Wardrobe

Brittny Mahan  will be a fourth-year student at TCU this fall where she is pursuing her  B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Design. Recently she served as a costume designer for Theatre TCU’s productions of Tigers Be Still. She has previously been the assistant costume designer for Guys & Dolls, Holiday, and Closer Than Ever. Brittny has also appeared on stage for Theatre TCU in Measure for Measure (Ensemble). This summer she is also a Production Assistant for Kids Who Care. Brittny plans to attend graduate school after her time at TCU.


Torrey Meyer





Ben Phillips


Ben Phillips is currently a junior Theatre Generalist with a major in Theatre Studies at the University of Evansville. His areas of study there range from scenic construction to acting and directing. This is Ben’s second summer to work with Trinity Shakespeare Festival, having worke don last season’s productions of The Tempest and A Comedy of Errors. At University of Evansville, he worked on their productions of Anatomy of Gray (Master Carpenter), Clybourne Park (Light/Paint Crew), and As You Like It (Light Crew) and performed in UE’s production of Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Ensemble).


Alex Vinh


Alex Vinh is a second-year student from Houston, Texas, who is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. This is Alex’s first year with the festival. He has appeared on stage for Theatre TCU in We Need A Little Christmas and Guys and Dolls. He has also performed with Fort Bend Theatre (Les Miserables – Lesgles) and Cadre Kerr (The Foreigner – Charlie Baker, Avenue QPrinceton). Alex plans to continue pursuing a career in theatre after graduation


Jeremy Bernardoni

Jeremy has worked for all six years as a cutter and draper and valued mentor to our interns in Trinity’s costume studio. Regular Trinity theatre goers have become familiar with the beautiful period dresses and men’s suits that find their way onto our stages. Jeremy is the guiding hand behind the building of those award winning designs. Jeremy is on the faculty and is the resident Costume Designer for the University of Arizona School of Dance.

Brian Clinnin

Brian is a faculty member in design at Texas Christian University. He has designed sets or costumes for Trinity for each of the first five years while also acting as the Paint Charge. His award winning designs run from the set and costumes for Romeo and Juliet (2009), to the sets for Merchant of Venice (2012) and Julius Caesar (2013) among others.

David Coffee

David has acted for Trinity in every show of its first six years. David’s critically acclaimed roles include Feste in Twelfth Night (2009); Polonius in Hamlet (2010); Touchstone in As You Like It (2011); Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012); Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar (2013) and Aegeon in The Comedy of Errors (2014), and Caliban in The Tempest(2014). David has become, in many ways, the face of The Trinity Shakespeare Festival and for that we could not be more pleased.

Tristan Decker

Tristan is a faculty member in production at Texas Christian University where he is the Technical Director for TCU’s scenic studio. He has designed for Trinity for each of the first six years. Some of his designs include the lights for Twelfth Night (2009), the set for The Taming of the Shrew and the set and lights for The Comedy of Errors (2014).

Aaron Patrick DeClerk

Aaron has designed for Trinity for each of our first six years including the award winning costumes for Twelfth Night (2009), Macbeth and As You Like It (2010) and the costume design for The Tempest(2014). Aaron lives in New Hampshire with his beautiful family and makes a sacrifice to come and design for us each summer, and for that we are very grateful.

Stephen Brown-Fried

Stephen directed productions for Trinity from 2010 through 2013. His productions include Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Macbeth (2011), The Merchant of Venice (2012) and Julius Caesar (2013). Stephen’s productions for Trinity have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2014 returned home as he accepted a position as Artistic Associate and Casting Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Trisha Miller

Trisha was with Trinity for the first five years playing roles such as Olivia in Twelfth Night (2009), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Rosalind in As You Like It (2011), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (2012) and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (2013) among many others.

Michael Skinner

Michael is a faculty member in design at Texas Christian University. He has designed for each of Trinity’s first six years. His award winning designs include the lights for Romeo and Juliet (2009), Macbeth (2010), The Merchant of Venice (2011), The Taming of the Shrew (2013) and The Tempest(2014). Michael also acts as the Production Manager for the festival.

Alan Shorter

Alan is a faculty member in Musical Theatre Performance at Texas Christian University. He has composed original music and or supervised the music for the festival since Twelfth Night in 2009 and every year since including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Taming of the Shrew. Alan works closely with the singers and musicians in performance. In 2014, his original music for The Tempest received great critical praise with audiences asking about the music after every performance. Alan is a director, composer, accompanist and musical director. His work is invaluable to the Festival and has left a signature sound on our work.

Philip Zielke

Philip is the Scenic Studio Manager at TCU and has worked in scenic production for Trinity for the past five years. Philip has been the Technical Director in Trinity’s scenic studio the past four years where he oversaw the building of our award winning designs for productions such as Much Ado About Nothing(2010), Macbeth (2011), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012) and Julius Caesar (2013) among others.